Take Action

There are many ways for you and your sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to take action in your country and become part of ’10 million girls...1 voice’. 


Celebrate 100 years of changing lives by joining in the centenary celebrations of international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. Download the 2012 Centenary Activity Pack to get some ideas about the ‘Share’ theme.


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WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme is an educational programme for girls and young women to learn about the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Develop a community project and help change our world – Earn a GAT Badge now!

MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

Your planet needs you! Find out how Girl Guides and Girl Scouts can Take Action Against Climate Change

Get involved and safe young lives! Find out more about the WAGGGS MDG programme on HIV and AIDS

Seven in every ten of the world’s hungry are girls and women. Help to end poverty and hunger once and for all. Learn everything about advocacy and how to run your own activities with your group. Download the WAGGGS Advocacy Tool Kit. Or go to an advocacy seminar at one of our World Centres

New aids badge Web.jpgEarn a WAGGGS badge – there are so many activities and badges to choose from on important topics like Climate change, the MDGs, HIV and AIDS and peace and friendship.

World Leadership Development ProgrammeFind out how WAGGGS has been empowering girls and young women as leaders in their local communities and internationally through leadership development programmes
Be inspired by the many projects happening around the world and find out how WAGGGS is taking action.

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Volunteer with WAGGGS or your national organization

Fundraise to help give girls and young women around the world.

And shop at WAGGGS’ online shop!

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Olivia - 29 January 2010 - 1.39AM (GMT)

this is awsome girl scouts is easier nowww!!!!! thanks!!! i love this website!!!:}:]

Dinushi - 19 March 2010 - 5.36PM (GMT)

nice website, it's really cute!! well done!

Victoria - 20 March 2010 - 12.55AM (GMT)

i have been in girl guides for 7 years now, and i love it more and more each week that i go. i have only got one more challange to go before i finsish my b.p.
i love this website.
victoria :)

Penelope Musundire - 23 March 2010 - 11.23AM (GMT)

I have been part of this great family for as long as I remember.I joined as a brownie at the age of 9 and am now 26 going 27.I love guiding though I took a break cause started a family at 24.Now want to join back so can have fun and also help my daughters to be better citizens of this world.I am in a lovely country of Zimbabwe.I will soon update you on my progress i.e. starting my own company under the girl guides association of Zimbabwe.

aliaa busakhar - 24 March 2010 - 8.05PM (GMT)

Hello .. for the first time from Kuwait .. Orussel specifically Doha middle school girls.The site is very interesting and wonderful and forward .. I am calling for a world in preserving the environment, it is a collective responsibility necessary enjoin all members of society to participate Pflm and effort for the reconstruction of their environment for present and future generations .. Thank you

Kelly P. - 26 March 2010 - 9.18PM (GMT)

Dear people of Haiti we are thinking about you in our prayers. We will help you though every step of the way.

Erin N. - 26 March 2010 - 9.32PM (GMT)

Dear Haiti, I heard about what happend in your country. And my Girl Scout troop 18023 just wanted to help.By sending some school supplies from Texas and enjoy it.we love you.

Tomoko Uryu - 27 March 2010 - 5.30AM (GMT)

This website helps me to make the educational programs for my EFL children. I am always trying to make my lectures something more meaningful than just learning English as a foreign language in Japan.
I had been a girlscout and leader from 5th grade to the first year of college. However, since I went to graduate school, I did not have enough time for helping the scounting activities in my local troop, which is really sad because scounting is absolutely a part of my life.
Once I finish my PhD progamme, I hope I will come back to scouting and work on global as well as local activities with young scouts!
Cheers for all sisters!

Tomoko Uryu

deirdre - 27 March 2010 - 1.11PM (GMT)

hi i love the guides i joined the brigins when i was 6 and i have still been going since i like the website

nikita - 25 April 2010 - 6.22AM (GMT)

hi have been in girl guides since 2 years . i was elected as district company leader through this site

Jules - 26 April 2010 - 10.32AM (GMT)

I have been a Leader for 2 years, going in to my third - great site : )

charity - 17 May 2010 - 2.34PM (GMT)

I've been in guide for the past five years and each day as a guide has been a wonderful positive expirence.from nigeria.

sammy - 24 May 2010 - 1.38AM (GMT)

this is amazing!!!

Keara, Taylor and Lauren - 7 June 2010 - 9.18PM (GMT)

We are a team of three (3) Vermont Girl Scouts. For our Girl Scout Silver Award project, we have taken action in our community by making an anti-bullying project-September to June-at our school.

Estela Marie - 8 July 2010 - 4.46PM (GMT)

Ever since I joined the Girl Scout movement back in 2001, it became a part of who I am today. I love the fact that in Girl Scouting, we have all the fun that we can have, meet different girls from various places AND at the same time be catalysts of change. It's the fact that we dare to make a change in the world and help not only our brothers and sisters who are in need but also our mother earth that I love this organization so much. And maybe this is not just an ordinary group, it's a tight-knit family that wherever you are in the world, there is that Girl Guide/Girl Scout who is a friend and a sister to you.

More power to WAGGGS and all its projects!

- Estela Marie, Girl Scouts of the Philippines

nisha - 10 August 2010 - 5.54AM (GMT)

this is awesome, i have been in guiding since 2001 and i experience new things everyday.

Alice - 22 August 2010 - 10.39AM (GMT)

I think that it is really good that Guides are helping people from across the world.I think we need to persuade people to help fight poverty in developing countries and tell poeple about Guides. Well done everyone.

Alice xxx :)

Katrina Maple - 25 August 2010 - 1.24AM (GMT)

This is about my 7th year in girl scouts and i'm a caddette. It's fun and is how I first met people when I was in kindergarden and i'm now in 8th grade!

Katrina - 25 August 2010 - 1.40AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award, I worked with the Rancho Coastal Hummane Society. My friends Audrey and Rayanne worked on the project with me. We worked on inproving the shelter like clean and paint their fence in their community park. It was hard, but fun!

oluwatosin ibitoye - 6 September 2010 - 7.17PM (GMT)

i joined guiding 2009,in my secondary school, guiding have turn my life around, i have gained a lot from the guide.
i am proud to be a guide !

Rachel - 13 September 2010 - 2.22AM (GMT)

For our silver award, my troop and I designed and held a library program during the summer. The theme for the program had to involve water, so we created "Disney's Underwater Adventures". It was a four day program for preschoolers. Each day we did different activities such as Disney bingo, a craft to make a Disney underwater scene, and a Disney mural. The kids had fun and so did we!

Katie Shanahan, Samantha Rosenthal, Kristen Limpus - 14 September 2010 - 9.37PM (GMT)

Our silver award was based on the need to honor our nations symbol,the flag. We held a retirement ceremony and invited our neighborhood to it. We even held it on memorial day to honor all those who gave their lives to honor the flag. It was a good ceremony to do and we learned a lot about our nations past and how to honor it correctly. We also learned 50 hours is a lot bigger then it seems so plan ahead!

sahar - 19 September 2010 - 5.55AM (GMT)

Guiding has become an essential part of my life. This website opened gates for many of the girls who wanted to join us in our venture. I really appreciate it.I wish all the luck for WAGGS. Go Girls!!!!!

richel f delos santos - 26 September 2010 - 8.45AM (GMT)

hello there,
GSP of Sitero High Phils. would like to have a GSP friend through this medium. We are looking for 100 girls from other country around the world. Our website is www.gspsiterian.webs.com
god bless you everybody!!!!

Skye S. - 27 September 2010 - 1.50AM (GMT)

For my Girl Scout Silver Award Project, I sponsored the organization Circle the City. Their main goal is to help the homeless of the Greater Phoenix area in Arizona. They provide medical care in a clinic setting to homeless people recently discharged form the hospital with nowhere else to go. As part of my project I circulated flyers about this organization and their needs. I spoke to many different groups and individuals to bring awareness to the community about this organization. This is not a topic that many people think about, and it really touched me to see the conditions of others in Phoenix. I was really glad that I could help, and to all of the Girl Scouts in Arizona, I recommend you supporting this organization. I know that it will touch your heart as it did mine.

irene m. dis-aguen of valenzuela, Philippines - 27 September 2010 - 3.23PM (GMT)

Happy Centenary Celebration Day!
God Bless all of us...Troop Leaders.
Let us join hand and hand to promote wagggs and gsp.

Chelsea D. - 2 October 2010 - 10.27PM (GMT)

Each year I have been in Girl Scouts I have gained new skills and wonderful experiences. I am now putting these skills into action by completing my Silver Award Project. My troop of four and I are creating a "Mix It Up" club for children with diabilities. It is once a week for six weeks. We will lead different activities each week including: arts and crafts, music and movement, cooking, games and puzzles, etc. Although the kids will be gaining skills and and experiences I know that I will have so much fun working with them.

olivia - 20 October 2010 - 10.52PM (GMT)

i am from jamaica and i have been guide for five years and it has been greatand full of fun.ihave learn so much.

sahar - 24 October 2010 - 11.15AM (GMT)

Someone with an addiction can't be forced to stop taking drugs. The first step is to find a support group in the area which can help your loved one and offer the right support for them.Therfore, this time we are taking action against substance abuse because we think encouragement and support makes the process much more bearable. KHI, Pakistan

Hailey Gonzales - 27 October 2010 - 3.21AM (GMT)

For my Silver Project the Cadettes in my troop all got together to redo the reunification rooms at Greater Hope Foundation. Greater Hope Foundation is a foster care agency that places kids with foster families, provides training for foster parents and supervises visitations in the reunification rooms. These rooms started out with plain white wall, some books missing covers and pages and old toys. We started by putting together a letter asking for donations and taking them to our local businesses. Once we collected donations we went shopping for supplies that we needed. We painted ABC’s and shapes on the walls of the younger kids room and cheerful sayings on the walls in the older kids room. We also got donations of toys and books which we placed in the rooms. In the lounge we painted a sky on the ceiling and hung a canvas of inspirational quotes on the wall along with some new end tables. In the end the rooms were a brighter more kid friendly and home like place to interact with their biological parents.

Sarah - 6 November 2010 - 7.33AM (GMT)

To serve other the best is a main work of guides. W.a.g.g.g.s iz working to end each and every problem of human lyfe.. let us unite the world and make the world problem free.

katrina ruth verzola - 5 December 2010 - 12.44PM (GMT)

hi, im a brownie from the Philippines and i am so happy to be part of this international organization. i love it because it not only helps you build yourself up but it also helps make the world a better place...

i really really really love girl scouting!!!!


Lycee Hawkins - 12 December 2010 - 2.41AM (GMT)

I am an assistant Daisy Girl Scout leader, from Virginia Beach, VA, US. Also a Girl Scout before, I am amazed that this organization is as massive as it is. I think that finding this website has educated me on a lot that I was unaware of. I would love to learn more about the ways of all of the other guides in the world. This is a very useful website.

AKRITI SHARMA - 16 December 2010 - 4.27PM (GMT)

I am a Guide from India, Kolkata. It's an awesome website. Love it!!!!!!!!

Jessie G. - 1 January 2011 - 8.48PM (GMT)

Each December, my church goes to a rural area in Kentucky to deliver Christmas gifts to kids who live in poverty. For my Silver Award Project, I asked my church, family, and friends to donate toys and art supplies for the kids in Kentucky. Many of the kids are too poor to buy art supplies. I like creating art because it helps me express my feelings and reduce stress. I thought the kids in Appalachia would like this opportunity, too. We held a Christmas party in two different locations to distribute the gifts. We were able to help around 100 kids. The kids were so excited to receive their gifts.

pikiluisha shrestha - 8 January 2011 - 11.22AM (GMT)

i Really love it..i am studing in grade 9 though i have learn to take responsibilities......

Rachel brown - 19 January 2011 - 1.02AM (GMT)

I am only a junior and our troop is small and comes from a small state were not know for much. But still i think girl scouting is a big deal for girls all over the world it helps buil character and confidence.
Our troop is working on a badge called every body every where. I think it is a great way to show how everybody everywhere is different and unique in there own way. People might make fun of you because your different but take a stand for what you believe in, do not let then push you around. Be unique in your own personal way.

Like i was saying earler our troop is small but i think all of us working together is something we can be proud of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rachel Brown troop 1871

shahudha - 22 January 2011 - 9.40AM (GMT)

i love guiding... it's amazing.. ihave already learned a lot by only spending 1 year as a guide and hope to have loads of fun in the coming days!!!!

Kiara crichton - 25 January 2011 - 1.05AM (GMT)

Hi ,I am Kiara crichton,I live in the lovely island of St.Vincent and the Grenadines.I am a brownie sixer,I totaly enjoy being a brownie,I hope to move on to become a guide in September.My mommy is a guider!!!.

Elise - 28 January 2011 - 2.53AM (GMT)

I love being in Girl Scouts. It is a great organization because we learn a lot about each other and the world. It's fun to do projects and help others.

Yvonne Bellys - 30 January 2011 - 8.52PM (GMT)

Guiding really does enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential. Thank you WAGGGS!

Rachel Brown - 9 February 2011 - 1.26AM (GMT)

i love girl scouts

Mary-Ann Coulter - 22 February 2011 - 4.19AM (GMT)

Happy Thinking Day 2011
Our Ranger unit is holding a meeting where pathfinders have been invited to take part in activities to enpowere girls and young women. We have ask all those to bring a fiver to donate to CWFF-WAGGGS fund as well as donating items for Halton Women's Place a shelter for abused women and their children.

emma lindsay - 22 February 2011 - 7.43AM (GMT)

I've been in girl guide new Zealand for 5 year and learnt so much, now Hannah and I are fun raising for the Canterbury earth quake thank girl guiding

TROOP 748 - 18 March 2011 - 8.47PM (GMT)

hi,we are a small junior troop from Florida.we are going to savannah,GA in one week. we are so excited that scouting has given us the chance to do this.

troop 748

krista - 19 March 2011 - 4.59PM (GMT)

i am a girl scout am im so happy to be a part of all this lol!

Lucy - 20 March 2011 - 4.13PM (GMT)

I love girl guides its great somewhere where you can have lots of fun with girls and make friends!
we are collecting as many one pennys as we can and we are going to see how far we can get round the room with them. then all of the money raised will go to guides in Japan who have been Affected from the dreadful earthquake!

kim francis - 1 April 2011 - 2.43PM (GMT)

i think that joining guides was the best desision of my life . ive made great freinds , i have some awsome memorys and i have a life time of freindship ahead of me .:) im from a small group of seniour sectioners in maidstone , kent , england . :) 1ST MAIDSTONE SENIOUR SECTION !

Patrulla Ursa - 9 April 2011 - 11.52PM (GMT)

Somos la Patrulla Ursa de Distrito Coyoacan México estamos Participando en el Rally Virtual de Guias de Mexico

Le Thuy An Nguyen - 26 April 2011 - 6.36AM (GMT)

i want attend agggsworld.
The kids had fun and so did me.

giorgia campana - 26 April 2011 - 9.04PM (GMT)

hello!! I'm giorgia and I am italian so i don't write very good english but i hope that someone of you understand me!
me and my group are taking the specialties of intenational so we'd like talk with a foreign group!!
answer me soon on facebook!! we will have a good time!!

Morgan Danelle Peck. - 11 May 2011 - 5.29AM (GMT)

Hi!! I love girl guiding, I'm from brownies in Alexandra. I am ten, I am almost a guide.

Morgan Danelle Peck.

Elizabeth - 3 June 2011 - 4.18PM (GMT)

I recently finished my girl scout sliver award. I made a bookshelf for my project I also collected books to go ing the book shelf. I am going to drop it off at the YMCA of new Albany IN.

Courtney - 10 July 2011 - 1.33AM (GMT)

I am a girl guide from South Australia I have been doing guides for over 5 years and I really enjoy it I go to a local hall every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 I have nearly all the badges ,today im going to the football to sell girl guide biscuit i love them!!! i have been to nearly every event ,so come and join girl guides any where in the world and now you can become sisters just like me i have over 1 billion sisters all over the world none of us fight because we are in guiding together and forever

Chris - 24 July 2011 - 10.46PM (GMT)

My thoughts and prayers go out to our Norwegian Guides and the people of Norway at this time of national mourning. Peace and reflection as we join in trying to understand what has happened so it can not happen again.
New York City, USA

Memory Ngalande. Malawi - 8 August 2011 - 1.32PM (GMT)

I love guiding.

Kaoma mukanshi - 12 August 2011 - 10.03PM (GMT)

I would love to take part in one of the excellent programs that the guide is doing in Maheba(ZAMBIA) especially empowering girls and women with IT skills. I was once a guide and would be gratefull to know how I can get involed.

thompson daniella - 14 August 2011 - 6.37PM (GMT)

I've been a member for just 2 yrs and I'm having fun already

Rachel - 17 August 2011 - 10.12PM (GMT)

Hi! For my Silver Award project, another girl in my troop and I organized an event where Girl Scouts could come and earn all their bridging requirements then participate in a bridging ceremony. We paired troops together so that they would talk to an older troop and a younger troop then invited their families to come watch them as they bridged to their new Girl Scouting level. Also, I organized a badge workshop for Juniors to earn the "Healthy Relationships" badge. At the workshop, we played games together, discussed what being a good friend means, and how to have good relationships with everyone you know. My project was really fun to work on. Can't wait to earn my Gold!!!

Megan J - 19 August 2011 - 3.53PM (GMT)

I just finished my silver award, I actually did two projects about helping younger girls transition between different times in their lives. The first project I did was to organize a huge Bridging Ceremony for multiple levels of girl scouting in my service unit, and my other project was to create a sleepover with team-building games and a service project focusing on the theme which was starting middle school.

Rebekah A - 24 August 2011 - 7.31AM (GMT)

Hi from girl guides, this site is AWSOME!!!!!!

Manisha & Sonya W - 24 August 2011 - 7.38AM (GMT)

Hi, this is Manisha & Sonya W, we are Girl Guides and also sisters, we are learning to find our way through the Wagggs Wesite. Bye.

Rebecca R - 26 August 2011 - 11.02PM (GMT)

For my silver award, I helped promote fencing by helping keep the local scholastic fencing league organized, refereeing youth, middle school and high school tournaments, and coaching fencing classes for younger kids. Some of the skills I learned were public speaking and making a good first impression on people. Those skills and many other important skills I learned during the project helped me to become a better leader and person.

Troop 9135 - 28 August 2011 - 8.47PM (GMT)

Our troop, Troop 9135 in South Carolina, recently completed the activities for our Silver Award project, Learning Games for Growing Kids. We painted hop-scotch, four-square and other games onto the playground of a local elementary school. We also created fun learning games for young children to use over the summer, to prevent summer slide. We are so excited to earn our Silver Award!

Mary - 12 September 2011 - 2.15AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award Project, I set up a system of churches in the Attleboro Area Council of churches to collect, clean, disinfect, and then send luggage to the Attleboro Area Council of Churches Headqurters. Where Sue Smith, the Chairman of the Homes with a heart Foundation, would then use her contacts in the area to distribute them where they are most needed. I liked doing my Silver Award, but my advice to the girl scouts out there just starting their award would be to start early and keep it simple, you don't want to get swamped.

Laurie - 16 September 2011 - 1.03AM (GMT)

For my silver award project, I built a bridge for the westlake council. I made it light weight and portable. I also made it wide enough so a wheelchair could cross. I routed the girl scout law onto the planks of my bridge for the finishing touch. The current bridge the girl scouts were using was big and bulky and wheelchairs could not cross it.

Laurie - 16 September 2011 - 1.05AM (GMT)

For my silver award project, I built a bridge for the westlake council. I made it light weight and portable. I also made it wide enough so a wheelchair could cross. I routed the girl scout law onto the planks of my bridge for the finishing touch. The current bridge the girl scouts were using was big and bulky and wheelchairs could not cross it.

Erin - 19 September 2011 - 2.28AM (GMT)

The intent of my silver award project was to help neglected and abandoned cats and dogs. I fostered kittens; volunteered at Forgotten Cats; educated young children of proper care for cats and dogs, and also the advantages of adopting from shelters. I collected donations and gave them to different animal rescues. We made cat toys, cat blankets, and dog treats.

Sarah B - 24 September 2011 - 2.36AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award, I collected used backpacks from my elementary school at the end of the school year. I cleaned and sorted them, and they donated the backpacks to local homeless shelters. The people that these facilities help were able to use the backpacks to carry their belongings around with them, and they were extremely thankful that I thought of them. It was really easy to get 50+ hours, but it didn't seem like a lot because of how much I needed to do to finish my project.

Sarah B - 24 September 2011 - 2.49AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award project, I collected gently used backpacks from my school at the end of the school year. I then sorted and cleaned them, and delivered them to several local homeless shelters. To make my project sustainable, I also contacted other schools in my area, and had them do the collection as well. Once my project was finished, I gave these schools a plan on how to do the project again in the future. The homeless shelters really appreciated receiving the backpacks, even saying things like "They are like gold around here!" In addition, the shelters found that giving out backpacks was a great way to engage people, and the shelter workers could offer them services and help.

Gretchan - 28 September 2011 - 1.39AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award, I made ceramic angels for an army company (over 80 angels) that is overseas. I then attached a card saying "Where ever you go, What ever you do, May this angel watch over you!". I have already recived a request from another company overseas for their personnel, I am working on making them for them.

Abigail H. and Emily L. - 29 September 2011 - 4.58AM (GMT)

For our Silver Award project, we collected books from our community for a lending library for a transitional housing facility. We were looking for books for all ages from babies to teens to adults. We have started the collection with several hundred books. We posted to our friends on facebook to get more books, so that we can continue to replinish books that they would like to keep. They can borrow and return, trade or keep any book.
Many people in our area do not have easy access to books. We feel that books are of great importance to everyone's life and gives you the world.

Katherine - 30 September 2011 - 1.01AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award Project, I collected school supplies and monetary donations to help kids in my church. I helped seven people directly, and many more by stocking some things in our food pantry for others to use, and donating the leftover supplies to a local teacher. My Youth Pastor was even inspired to make this project an annual event! You'd be surprised how many people need help, even if they don't seem like it. I was so happy to help kids I knew and even some I didn't.

Hannah - 6 October 2011 - 11.50PM (GMT)

I like GS it is fun. I meeting other people & making friends.

Kacey - 6 October 2011 - 11.57PM (GMT)

hello my name is kacey i have been in gs for two years and i love it!!! I love to meet new people!!! i like the woods!!! i like bears!

Kacey - 6 October 2011 - 11.58PM (GMT)

hello my name is kacey i have been in gs for two years and i love it!!! I love to meet new people!!! i like the woods!!! i like bears!

Michelle - 7 October 2011 - 12.00AM (GMT)

I love GS! I love my friend Kasey! i love the meetings and the crafts!!

Savanna - 12 October 2011 - 12.34AM (GMT)

I love being in GS!!! It helps me meet new people!!!

Esiaka Happiness - 21 October 2011 - 12.58PM (GMT)

wow, the great sisters of the world has shown me a great confidence to be outspoken and at the same time be heard. I 'm glade to be a guider in my school.

Lilly Ana Samaroo - 6 November 2011 - 2.30AM (GMT)

I am proud to be a member of such a unified productive organisation and I am looking forward to getting involved in more fun activities :D

Emily - 22 November 2011 - 5.19PM (GMT)

Hi i'm Emily
I have been in guides for 2/3 years now and am currently doing my Baden Powell. I have recently been to Pax Lodge in London with the rest of my unit.

Kaitlin - 26 November 2011 - 12.19AM (GMT)

I have been a Girl Scout for years and now, finally, as a senior in high school I am in the final stages of completing my Girl Scout Gold Award Project. My project, “Teens and Healthy Choices,” addressed the issue of healthy living for teenagers in a busy lifestyle. My project was geared toward middle school students who were preparing for the numerous changes in high school. I surveyed students at three middle schools about how the food they ate and the amount of exercise and sleep they got. I used the data I obtained to create charts of their data, showing the students their eating, exercising, and sleep habits. The goal of my project was to inform the students about their choices and help them live healthier. I wanted to allow them to get regular healthy habits, which could continue, into high school. I provided my informational PowerPoint with the data and ended with a Jeopardy Game on what I had taught. At the end of my presentation, I handed out bags of donated food, reusable water bottles, plastic water bottles, and healthy snacks in food groups the students seemed to be lacking in. Thank you Girl Scouts and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scout (WAGGGS) for inspiring me to take action in my community of tackling the problems of unhealthy eating. From my project, I have affirmed my love for science and healthy living. Next year in college, I will be pursuing nursing and helping others. Once again, thank you Girl Scouts! :)

Emily - 7 December 2011 - 12.50PM (GMT)

I have been girl scout for 1 years for now, but I learn a lot that theafrica friends and we are all the same friends. So, I went to Unisef and send a money. I want to be a big help to them.

Zenel - 28 January 2012 - 11.13AM (GMT)

Im from st.vincent. My country is located in the Western Hemisphere. Ive been in guides for nearly 4 years and so far the experience has been awsome.

Marissa T. - 21 February 2012 - 11.18PM (GMT)

For my Silver Award, I painted signs for the snowmobile trails in northern MN. This project helped with trail safety as many signs were broken,hard to read,or had false/expired information. I worked with the local snowmobile club for this project. One of the members would make the signs then I would sand, paint,and finish them.I completed thirty signs in all. The best part was when I got to ride on the trails to put up the trail signs. When I hung up a new sign I had painted, I could really see the difference from the old signs. They were much easier to read. I'm glad that these new signs will be around for a long time. These signs will help snowmobilers to travel safely on the trails.

georgia van de ven - 1 March 2012 - 8.27AM (GMT)

I want to add my voice to the Stop the violence campaign. I am from Australia.

arun.s - 2 March 2012 - 11.08AM (GMT)

hi i jus started as a rover from chennai in india n i luv making new frenz around d globe

fatima habib - 19 March 2012 - 11.08PM (GMT)

I want to add my voice to the Stop the violence campaign. I am from kuwait

Katie and Rhianna - 25 March 2012 - 3.59AM (GMT)

This year my friend Rhianna and I finished our Silver Award. Gabriel Davies Tavern, a historical site in our town, attracts many mosquitoes(which ruins woodwork and bothers guests) and bats have lived in the attic. We raised money to buy, paint, and have Public Works install two bat houses on the property. We also prepared another bat house in case one gets damaged, created pamphlets to hand out at the Tavern, and spoke to a younger troop about the importance of bats. Not only was this project a lot of fun, but we got to learn more about bats and the history of the Tavern.

Allie - 28 March 2012 - 6.15PM (GMT)

I am a cadette girl scout and I just finished my silver award. I hosted a senior sock hop for the retirement community because I thought we should bring back old memories for them and teach young girls now how it was back then. Everyone enjoyed it and we learned what life was like for them and some of them learned some of their family tree. They learned what their grandparents or great grandparents did for fun. I also learned a lot of things I didn't know before. WE learned dance moves and some old history. I think it was important that the young girls learned what life was like back then, and that the people there who don't get out much learned what it was like now. It brought back old memories for them and happier times so they could forget about the state they were in now. I had a lot of fun doing this project, and I am looking forward to my Gold Award!

Jasmin - 6 April 2012 - 12.33AM (GMT)

Im a cadette and i've completed my silver award. I collected newspaper and can goods and donated them to the Dog Shelter and the Food Pantry. I collected alot of paper. The voulneteers were very happy about how much I bought in. I felt really good about it. But the dog shelter still needs help they are asking for dawn dish soap and any type of paper. Im looking forword to being a Senior next August!!

Chloe - 7 May 2012 - 11.45PM (GMT)

I just completed my silver award. We did a ton of community service and food drives.

Hannah Regan - 8 May 2012 - 12.04AM (GMT)

we as a girl scout troop[1147] Have been going to my Grandmas Church to serve the homeless and provide food for them. And we r giving u advice on how to get a badge. And i enjoy Girl scouts and i hope u do to. And i Now that all of u have been working hard to get to caters and the work does pay off.

U. Savas Baran - 8 July 2012 - 8.46PM (GMT)

looking forward and preparing to promote International Day of Youth 12 August on facebook as a Global Youth Activity
There is an excellent activity book made by wsgggs

Brianna Swinderma - 14 July 2012 - 6.13AM (GMT)

Hi, my name is Brianna Swinderman and i live in New Mexico and am part of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Council. I am 16 and have been in Girl Scouts 11 years. I have done my Silver Award and am working on my Gold Award. My project is called Bags of Hope. This is a project near and dear to my heart. All throughout my life I have heard and seen the suffering of foster kids and Domestic Violence victims. This is why I am starting this project of collecting new and gently used suitcases and duffel bags. My Mission is to ensure that Foster children and Domestic Violence victims can leave danger with their belongings in tact. Most of the time they have to leave with their belongings in trash bags. They deserve more dignity than that. That is why I chose to start this project.
My goal is to obtain 1OOO or more.
I am doing this in hopes of bettering the lives of these victims, to better my community and to support this issue, and of achieving my Girl Scout Gold Award. Got to my website for more information... www.bagsofhope.yolasite.com

Madison - 19 July 2012 - 4.05AM (GMT)

Hi, I am a cadette and I just completed my siliver award. My partner and I decided to build birdhouses and bird feeders for the birds in our community. Since there is a lot of new housing in my community, birds are losing their homes and food sources. Birds are very necessary for the ecosystem.

We also lead a workshop about how to make birdhouses and bird feeders for younger girls. We then donated them to schools in my community. We helped not only the birds, but our schools by beautifying their propery. Some teachers will be using the bird houses in their curriculum teaching about the ecosytem and birds.

My partner and I also learned how to improve our own personal leadership and organizatgional skills. We led a workshop of over 60 girls that lasted almost two days! We had to organize the activities, the schedule, and even the leaders!

My project can be recreated in your commuinity or anywhere in the world!

Mallory - 25 September 2012 - 1.33PM (GMT)

For my gold award, I focused on childhood obesity. I got involved with Junior League and gathered up fun recipes and healthy recipes that children can get involved in . I spoke at a day care that has 4-5 yr olds and spoke to parents about eating nutritional foods and spreading awareness . I also handed out seeds for the kiddos to grow their own garden and show them they can eat what they grow. I had gymnastic demonstrations to show they can get involved in sports to get exercise .I am hoping to keep this going at this day care , and that it can be picked up by other day cares down the line.

sitara akbary - 13 October 2012 - 10.57AM (GMT)

hello it is sitara from Pakistan. i am happy to b a member of girl guides.i joined girl guides association 5 years ago and it helps the girl to build up their characters...thanks lots

Juliana - 25 January 2013 - 12.34AM (GMT)

I want to add my voice to the Stop the violence campaign. I am from U.S.A. :-)

Dayton Day - 3 March 2013 - 12.02AM (GMT)

I like being a brownie,Because I love supporting my community.

amanda and keyotta - 13 March 2013 - 12.38PM (GMT)

Hi Our names are Amanda and Keyotta and we are from the united states of america and we joined girlscouts this year and this is our first year doing this and we really do like it it is actually fun for a change

Cara English - 1 April 2013 - 10.14PM (GMT)

For my Girl Scout Gold Award project I created a program entitled "Dancing With the Teens" that promoted physical fitness through dance and educated teens about healthy eating habits. I worked with the local Boys and Girls club and members of my community and taught hip-hop classes and nutritional workshops in order to help combat child obesity. I created a hip-hop moves DVD and a healthy eating habits book filled with lesson plans and activies for future use. I greatly enjoyed this project and encourage you to pursue your gold award!

Emily - 10 April 2013 - 6.23AM (GMT)

For my silver award I chose to build a small library shelf for the afrer school daycare my little siblings attend. The after school daycare my little siblings attend is called Keyspot. Keyspot had three bookshelves but they were all falling apart and couldn't hold all the books. As I am horrible at building anything, I hired a contractor to build the shelf for me. It is big enough to hold all the books Keyspot has and supports all the weight of the books without falling apart. Now the kids can sit on the couch and read wihtout any worries. Without this book shelf, they wouldn't have books.This project showed me how fun it is to help out others with just a small little thing.

Hannah and Deepa - 20 April 2013 - 10.13PM (GMT)

Our team is almost completed with our Silver Award Project. The project we chose to do was getting the younger generation aware of making wise money decisions for the future. We were able to pursue our take action project by running programs at our public library for children and talking with adults about the community issue. So far, we have made a positive impact on the community that is sure to last in their futures.

Waverly - 26 April 2013 - 12.57AM (GMT)

As a Cadette Scout, I decided to earn my Silver Award. I care about abandoned, vulnerable animals and former pets that have been left on the streets by their owners to fend for themselves and do not have a home to live in. I decided to find an organization that was in need of donations for animals such as these and collect those needed items. Through my research, I found an organization that fit my objective, the Humane Society of Cobb County. This group functions on a very tight budget and their needs are great. I took a leadership role by informing others (like my community, neighborhood, church, fellow scouts, businesses, and friends) of the dire situation and instructing and guiding them in the process of helping where the need is great. People often want to help, but they are not sure how. Working together, we can successfully accomplish bigger tasks. The amount of items I collected over a two month period was amazing. The reaction of the Humane Society when I delivered all the items on their wish list was terrific! They were so grateful. I am hoping this message will be passed from person to person with an impact far beyond my hometown.

Sarah - 29 April 2013 - 3.09AM (GMT)

I'm a Girl Scout Cadette, and recently completed Silver Award. My inspiration came from very close to home. I live in a family that fosters children that have been taken from their families because of abuse/neglect, and brought into the care of the foster families like ours. I have been amazed at how strong some of these kids are, but also very saddened by their very difficult circumstances and how powerless they are to improve things. This inspired me to get involved, to take action, and to channel my time and energy into making a positive difference in the lives of these children.

I decided to focus my Silver Award on Reading. Many foster children come from families that lack the skills and tools to encourage their education, and therefore they can be quite far behind in their schoolwork. I've noticed in particular that many have never been encouraged to read or haven't had easy access to books, and therefore don't know the joys of reading. So I decided to organize a book drive and a Read-a-thon for the foster children of Cobb County, just north of Atlanta.

My project included working closely with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the Cobb County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (CCFAPA), both of which gave me good guidance and direct access to the hundreds of children in need. Over the past few months, I challenged the children to read more through a Read-a-thon, where the children earned prizes for participation and for reading the most in particular age categories. I also collected over 350 new and gently used books (for ages 0-13) from people in my community, and handed these out to foster children at a recent CCFAPA meeting. The reactions of children was incredible. They were so excited and happy to receive the books, and I'm certain that they were encouraged to read as a result.

I found my Silver Award project to be very empowering and rewarding, and I intend to make my Book Drive and Read-a-thon for foster children an annual event.

Pie - 6 May 2013 - 4.48PM (GMT)

I love girl scouts and i love how the girl scouts can communicate here

R Kulkarni - 7 May 2013 - 12.02AM (GMT)

During spring break, I worked on my Silver Award at a Girl Scout camp; Camp Strawberry. It’s a camp for non-girl scouts from ages 5-12, and I made a bunch of new friends. A few weeks before camp started, I began thinking of science experiments to run for those girls. Science was the center I ran. After preparing a schedule, I asked a lot of stores for any donations they could give to help make the science center a success. I did buy a few of the supplies myself though. Throughout camp, I learned many public speaking skills since I was interacting with kids all day. This will help me become a better leader and person overall. I learned that it is important to keep a time log to keep track of how much time you spent preparing, and actually doing your Silver Award. Otherwise some of your hours may not be accounted for. By saying the Girl Scout Promise, one is promising to help the country and its people at all times. Camp Strawberry gave me a chance to do just that. The Girl Scout Law says to be “friendly and helpful, considerate and caring…” working with younger kids allowed me to show others that I am a kind and contributive individual. This was a great experience and I hope you can get an opportunity like this as well.

Emily E - 12 May 2013 - 10.34PM (GMT)

For my silver award project I built ten bluebird houses for a nearby park. I had fun making them even though I ran into a few challenges. I had to learn how to use different kinds of tools. I even had to work with some metal. I loved seeing them all lined up and ready to go on the bluebird real-estate market. But first, of course, they would have to be hammered into the ground.

One of the best parts of this project was the knowledge that I was helping the birds. I’m very glad that I was able to supply a suitable home for several bluebird families. The park was very grateful to have the extra houses for bluebirds. Much of the birds’ habitats have been destroyed over the years with so many orchards and trees being chopped down, so it felt good to give them a safe home. To make the new homes extra safe, I added snake and raccoon guards, but hopefully they won’t need to be used often.

With the ten houses I made the park now has twenty-six houses. I even saw a few bluebirds peaking into the new houses after I installed them.

Shazna - 18 May 2013 - 3.43AM (GMT)

For my silver award, i visited a maternity hospital and distributed 150 baby dresses,50 baby covering sheets among the poorest women.It's something quite in explicable to see them happy. I'm glad i did that cause they didn't even have material to hold the child, after they were born.

Nikki - 18 May 2013 - 5.35PM (GMT)

I have been in scouts for 8 years. I am a cadette scout and I am just finishing my Silver Award. For my project I created a sign about Sargassum (seaweed) to put in the Galveston State Park. It tells about Sargassum and how its good for the ocean. When people want to get rid of it, they are destroying homes for little animals that live in the ocean, wothout relizing it. The park ranger was exstatic when he recieved the sign because of all the tourist complaints about Sagassum. This way, the sign will continue to educate people about Sargassum and how it is a wonderful thing.

Emerson - 21 May 2013 - 11.12PM (GMT)

For my Silver Award Project I planted trees at Parkview Elementary with the help of my troop, family, friends and volunteers from our local high school. Our troop went on a Breathe Journey discovering how trees help us breathe and beautify the world. Parkview Elementary has a large back lot close to a major road with a few businesses along the fence line. The trees will provide nice scenery for the kids and teachers who have to use the field. With the help of my troop, we will continue to take care of the trees until they take to the soil. It was a lot of hard work looking for suitable trees, making phone calls to our local utility companies to make sure we could dig along the fence line and making fliers to make our community aware of our project and asking for their involvement. It was a lot of fun and our trees will continue to beautify the school and help keep our air clean.
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Auburn S. - 12 June 2013 - 2.30AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award Project I worked over 180 service hours raising donations for the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics(SORCC). It is a program that helps rehabilitate homeless veterans back into a working society as funtional people. The SORCC teaches these veterans how to budget, shop, pay bills, and hold a job. They help homeless veterans get their own permanent homes and rely on donations to furnish these homes. For my Silver, I raised donations for a year for these veterans in need. I raised supplies and recycled cans for money. I donated all of these necessities to the SORCC. I made a huge impact on the lives of some very deserving men and women. My donations will help clothe, feed, and furnish a veteran in their new house. I am grateful for all of the sacrifices that these veterans have made for our country, and I feel lucky to be able to give back some freedom to a veteran that fought for mine.

Amanda B. - 21 June 2013 - 3.04AM (GMT)

I did my silver award for girl scouts and it had to be something that would benefit others. When I first started doing my silver award I didn't know what to do. Also, it had to be sustainable. I took the training and I learned the requirements for my silver award.

First, what I did was that I came up with an idea on what to do for a silver award. I finally came up with the idea of helping dogs in need. I thought of this idea because I like dogs. Also, I would not like to see dogs that do not have enough stuff to survive and might have to go out on the streets alone. I thought of this idea because there may be shelters out there that do not have enough stuff to make sure the dogs stay healthy.

Second, I went around and asked shelters if I could donate towards them. Soon I found an organization called Orphans of the Storm. When I asked the local animal hospital if I could leave a drop box to collect for the helter, they told me someone else was already collecting there. Then I thought to ask the people at my Church. They said that I could leave a box there so that people would drop off their newspapers for the shelter.

I made signs to ask for what the shelter needed and posted at the church. People dropped off newspapers in the box we left. We would go every week, picking up the newspapers and drop them off at the shelter. We did this every two weeks. It was a lot of fun going to the shelter and making dogs happy and making them happy while they look for a new home.

In conclusion, that is the steps I did for my Silver Award. I hope my Silver Award Project makes an impact on dogs that need help and have no home or people to love them right now. I hope my silver award has made a difference in those dogs lives. The people who helped me on my silver award have been so helpful throughout the process.

Madeline Larkin - 25 June 2013 - 7.47PM (GMT)

My name is Madeline. I am 14 years old and live in Chaska, Minnesota. Recently, I have been trying to achieve my Girl Scout Silver Award! By doing this, I taught residents at a local senior living center how to use the computer. I taught them many different things from playing Solitaire, searching the Internet, to managing their email account. Because the seniors usually had a hard time remembering things, I would make "help sheets" for them. The "help sheets" were documents that listed steps on how to do a certain task like deleting an email. The end of the project, the seniors were very happy with what I had taught them and I had felt very rewarded that I got to teach them.

Troop 30082 - 26 June 2013 - 7.37PM (GMT)

For our Silver Award we decided to try to benefit the community and environment. We made a very large butterfly garden at a local elementary school.This benefited the staff and students at the school as well as the surrounding community because it provides an enjoyable and safe place to relax and learn about the different plants, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Cheyenne S. - 17 July 2013 - 2.44AM (GMT)

Hi my name is Cheyenne, I am 14 and I live in Arizona. I just recently finished my silver award as a cadet At first I had no idea what to do for my silver award. So over the year I thought about it and never found an answer, all I knew was that I needed to find something soon, So I asked my leader if the event I was doing in my club/group at school was okay to do as my silver award and she said that was fine.

So I will tell you what I did. Me and my club/group Teens Taking Action had to do some kid of event before the end of the school year. So we all thought about troubles in our world, and finally after a lot of discussing we decided a theme... BULLYING! It had been a big struggle in all of our lives, so the theme was set, but what kind of event would it be. So again after several months we thought, what if we did a whole chalk it up kind of event but call it something else! So we called businesses and planned for months. And when the day came we came up with a name BREAK FREE FROM BULLYING!

We started setting up outside where we were going to do our event, butt it started raining, so we thought of a plan and did the event in our school gym instead. We thought nobody would come, but we were wrong. The place was filled with people, we put paper on the floor to chalk on and we had food stands to raise money for next years Teen Taking Actions group/club. We even had a inspirational speaker it was great.

I was so happy that I made a difference to my community, and that I could finally earn my silver award and help out people who were being bullied.

I would like to thank all the people who helped me to earn my silver award, thank you, thank you all.

Rylee - 17 July 2013 - 9.05AM (GMT)

At our Girl Guides in Melbourne we did a local mapping walk where our leader made 2 maps for each of our groups (Dolphins and Koalas) and we had to walk around the village and make notes of different landmarks it was interesting and fun but cold.

Parker - 17 July 2013 - 9.13AM (GMT)

Our girl guide group went to a local Park for Clean up Australia Day and we had to wear rubber gloves and boots and we all got 2 plastic bags each one was yellow and one was white and we had to put recycling in one and rubbish in the other, the park was much cleaner when we had finished.

Marissa K. - 19 July 2013 - 5.09AM (GMT)

For my gold award I created and led activities for Mike's Place, a local alzheimer respite group. I also posted all of my activities on my blog actionforalzheimers.blogspot.com I want to share my activities with others so they can use them to help their loved ones with alzheimer/dementia and strengthen family relationships.

Seanna K - 30 July 2013 - 6.39PM (GMT)

My Silver Project was a Math Awareness Day project to address both American cultural issues and the fear of learning math. The project provided awareness that math is FUN and everyone can be good at math, once students are provided the right techniques, resources and have an open mind. Without basic math skills, children lose confidence in their ability to learn more complex math problems. The point of this project was to highlight that math is FUN, it's all around us in art, music, games, buildings, bridges, amusement parks rides, etc., and with the right techniques and resources, everyone can be good at math. I conducted a Math Awareness Day with the 4th Grade Class at Pond Road Middle School in Robbinsville, NJ, that consisted of interactive math games and stations. I provided a power point presentation, created posters with math stations so that the class could break into teams and play various math games. We played several games by forming teams for Multiplication Math Beach Ball, Math Bingo, Math Team Contests and Tower Power (cup stacking); all the children worked together to solve math problems and rotated to the next game. The teams won prizes and the class had a blast! The class provided feedback on the best game…Tower Power – cup stacking by solving various math problems, it was fun, new and they had never played math games by team. I believe I achieve my goal and had an impact on the 4th grade class; they were very excited about Math Awareness Day. The class took home the presentation that contained math web links and the instruction to all the math games we played in class and other games they can play at home over the summer. Overall, I believe the impact was positive, it was a fun day of games, prizes and students learning while laughing and working in teams. The fourth grade teachers may incorporate Math Awareness Day as an annual event during the last week of the school year. Please see my blog: Fun Math For Kids, Vega360.blogspot.com

Maggie - 8 August 2013 - 3.36AM (GMT)

My Gold Award Project addresses children’s obesity and good health in general. I hoped that the children I taught would learn to make good choices when selecting the food they eat, the importance of getting regular exercise, and developing good daily habits like using sunscreen on a regular basis, using proper hand washing techniques and being thankful for something every day. I taught several different groups of children at three different day camps, a total of 55 children. Their ages ranged from 5 years to 10 years old.

The root cause of obesity in children is that they don’t always have the knowledge of making good food choices and the importance of regular exercise for their good health.

I created a booklet to give to the children to keep. It has three sections that discuss good nutrition, regular exercise, and good daily habits.

In the nutrition section, instead of using the food pyramid, which young children may not really understand, I categorized foods into “GO, SLOW and WHOA” groups. We talked about foods that would go in each group and gave examples. I developed a chart to match up which food examples would go in each group and also a “flash card” type game to play. I gave them recipes for healthy snacks and we made one of the healthy snacks during the class.

We also talked about the importance of daily exercise and different kinds of activities that a person could do every day to try to get at least a half hour of exercise each day. In the booklet each person had an activity chart to fill in every time they completed fifteen minutes of exercise. The goal was to get to one hour of activity time. We played some games and did these activities together.

I also instructed them on the importance of hand washing and the proper technique, the importance of using sunscreen, using good manners and keeping a “gratitude journal” where they would write down things they were thankful for. Each child made their own Gratitude Journal and we talked about what we would write in them.

For each camp I instructed, I gave them a “sustainability packet” which included a copy of the booklet that we used in the class and that each child kept, a copy of the ‘GO, SLOW, and WHOA’ chart and game with the example food items, and the “flash card” game to play with the children. Also, a sample “Gratitude Journal” they can have the children make. The camp personnel can use all these items to teach the children the same information I did.

It was really rewarding to teach these children good habits and I hope they continue to make good, healthy choices throughout their lives.

Kelly McCain - 9 August 2013 - 7.42PM (GMT)

My name is Kelly and I live in North Carolina and I recently finished my Gold Award. Jamestown Elementary, a school near me, has a high percentage of disadvantaged children. I know that reading is a fundamental part of education, and it is important for kids to read at home as well as at school. Since so many of the kids at this school are disadvantaged and may not have access to books at home, I decided to do something about it. I collected over a thousand books through many book drives, then organized them by reading level. I also labeled each of the books with the AR point level to make it easier for the kids. Then, I organized them on a rolling bookshelf and two rolling carts that I brought to the school. For about 5 months, I went to Jamestown Elementary twice a week in the mornings at 7:25 and rolled out the bookshelves. The students then came to me when they got to school and swapped a book out. If they brought a book, they were allowed to take a different one home. I also gave out candy as a little incentive. They loved it and I met so many nice children. I really learned a lot about myself and I loved working with the kids so much I am planning on continuing to do the same thing this school year as well.

Kristin - 14 August 2013 - 12.05AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award, me and two other girls each built an elevated garden for a nursing home near us. After one of the girls interviewed this particular nursing home, she discovered a need for more elevated gardens. An elevated garden is a wooden rectangular box about 30" off the ground so the residents in wheelchairs that can't bend down as well can easily garden. Once we found designs and figured out our budget, we bought the wood then started building. At the end of June, we delivered our gardens to the nursing home, and a couple days later came back to plant flowers and tomatoes in our gardens with a few of the residents. Now that it is done, we are happy to know that the residents in wheelchairs will get to garden as much as they would like, even if they are away from home, and also that they will continue to be used year after year.

Zoe - 1 September 2013 - 5.12PM (GMT)

Hi I'm Zoe from Ohio. For our silver award, my troop and I made blankets for children in need. We had help from two organizations, "Kids Helping Kids" and "Project Linus".

Riley W - 5 September 2013 - 4.50AM (GMT)

Finished my Gold Award! I dropped off @ benches and a kids picnic table! I had so much fun building them for RAIN - a transitional living center, they love them.

Jessica Raab - 7 September 2013 - 10.37PM (GMT)

My Silver project provided enrichment toys for dogs, cats, and rabbits that are waiting for new homes while living in animal shelter. All pets require enrichment and stimulation to remain healthy. Animals in shelters are at risk of not receiving enrichment. The shelter I worked with is funded through donations and does not have a large budget. They are very grateful for any donations that will make the lives of their animals better. In this project we made home-made toys that are specifically designed to provide stimulation and enrichment for dogs, cats, and rabbits. The toys were donated to a no-kill animal shelter. I enlisted volunteers from two 4H groups and my church youth group to assemble the toys. Also, directions to make the toys were provided to the shelter to allow the project to be self-sustaining. It was a joy to see how excited the shelter staff were to get the toys. They took me back to the rabbit area and let me give the toys to the rabbits in the shelter. It was so great to have made a difference.

Rachel - 8 September 2013 - 5.38PM (GMT)

For my Silver Award, I gave presentations to younger Girl Scouts and Cubs Scouts about the importance of food drives. I taught them how to host a food drives and collected food and toiletries to donate to my local food pantry.
While I worked on my Silver Award, I realized that not only had I helped other people in my community, but I helped myself too! I discovered that if I push myself enough, I can do almost anything. I also discovered that if I prepare myself for something, it makes everything a whole lot easier. I connected with my global and local communities. I hosted a food drive which helped my local community. I helped the global community by teaching children the importance of food drives and how to host one. I also encouraged them to host one themselves. I learned from others who dealt with the same issue that food pantries always need donations. Not just around holidays. I also found out that people always donate food and never any toiletries which the food pantry always needs. That information helped me out in the long run. I put those facts into a pamphlet that I made and handed out at my presentation. I also encouraged children and adults to donate toiletries and food.
I learned very important skill from doing my silver award. I gained the skill of public speaking. I spoke in front of seven different groups and talked to them about the importance of food drives. Now, for me, speaking in front of people was always hard, and it still is! But, since I did my award, it has gotten a lot easier for me. I also learned that if I care enough about something, I can get others to care too. My Take Action project did impact the community. It impacted the community by donating food to the food pantry to help the families in need. My project will continue beyond my involvement because when I talked to the groups, I encouraged them to host food drives and to encourage others to do so. I lived the Girl Scout Promise and Law by helping families in need and by making the world a better place. I also was friendly and helpful and I always respected my peers. This is how I became a better Girl Scout and a better person while working on my Silver Award.

Addison W. - 14 September 2013 - 11.00PM (GMT)

My name is Addison and I am from New Jersey. For my silver award project, my partner Lisa and I created a two-week long summer math program at our town’s library. The program was four hours each day, and students would come for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Most of our students came on a daily basis, and our dedicated students were often there every single day for 45 minutes to an hour. Part of our planning was to recruit some of our friends with strong math skills to assist us. Our friends Kate, Kirsten, and Chloe offered to help.

We thought that because the library focuses so much on reading throughout the summer, math skills should be kept up as well. We created several packets on a wide range of topics for each grade (Kindergarten through third). Kids would do the packets for the grade they would be entering in the fall so they could get a head start. We also had a log that the students would fill out that included the time and date of their sessions, what packets they did, and who helped them and checked their work. By the end of the two-week program, we had gotten about 40 students.

Our project impacted our community by helping struggling students, or just students who wanted more practice with their math skills. It also brought attention to the idea that kids should not only read during the summer, but also keep up with their math. Our project will continue to have an impact because we have given the forty students confidence in classroom, so when they enter their school in a few weeks, they will feel prepared. It will continue to help them in their daily lives and in the classroom, and allow them to broaden their understanding and skills in math.

By the end of our project we had logged in 50 hours of preparation and work. We spent time in the beginning meeting with each other, seeking help from Mrs. Paulson, creating packets, gathering materials, and making copies. Once the program had started, our time was spent in the library working with students and creating extra packets when we ran out, or kids finished all of the packets for their grade level. In conclusion, the creation of the summer math program at the library and the completion of my silver award project was a very educational and rewarding experience.

Fabiola C Quiles - 15 September 2013 - 3.08AM (GMT)

Mi nombre es Fabiola Quiles, vivo en Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico y mi MEDALLA DE PLATA
• Pude descubrir en la realizacion de este proyecto , que puedo hacer la diferencia y que cuando te propones algo puedes alcanzarlo.
• Tuve la oportunidad de acercame a la comunidad donde vivo y presentarle mi preocupacion a la Junta Directiva y al Presidente, a ellos les intereso mi preocupacion y se unieron a mi; tambien pude envolver a los demas residentes y al Municipio de Cabo Rojo .
• Tengo el conocimiento que la basura dana, a fea, el medio ambiente donde vivimos, ademas que afecta la salud del ser humano.
• Aprendi que el ser humano tiene la habilidad de destruir, pero tambien de remediar! Por medio de la educacion y ensenanza las personas pueden aprender a como ayudar a nuestra naturaleza por medio del reciclaje.
• Este proyecto me ayudo, porque yo queria hacer una diferencia y puede lograr unir por primera vez a mi comunidad por una causa.
• En el proceso de este proyecto tuve que buscar informacion sobre el RECICLAJE, buscar que agencia de gobierno podia ayudarme, tuve que tocar puerta a puerta a mis vecinos, recoger firmas, realizar reuniones, y para lograr esto tuve que ser mas comunicativa y expresiva, ademas de organizarme y ser responsables con mis citas y las personas.
• Mi proyecto impacto a mi comunidad, ahora todos los hogares saben la importancia de reciclaje y la diferencia que hace en nuestras vidas.
• Mi participacion no concluye, por que yo soy parte de mi comunidad y yo tambien reciclo en mi hogar, y el municipio nos ayuda en el recogido.
• Atravez de este proyecto pude servir a mi patria (mi comunidad) y ayudar a las personas en todo momento. Ayude a que otros utilizen los recursos de manera prudente y que respeten a la autoridad (naturaleza).

GENESIS A QUILES - 15 September 2013 - 4.12PM (GMT)

• Hola mi nombre es Genesis A. Quiles, soy cadette de la tropa 346, mi trabajo de medalla de plata consistió en realizar una campana encontra de bullying en mi escuela.
• Pude descubrir que esta mal hacer sentir mal a otros que al hacer esto trae largas consecuencias en la vida de estas personas.
• Me pude lograr comunicar con la comunidad atraves de la directora de la escuela que me autorizo mi proyecto, ella estaba contenta por mi iniciativa. Además pude contactar a varias agencias para ofrecer diferentes charlas para orientar la comunidad estudiantil. Tuve que visitar una imprenta para que me donara varias fichas de promoción con mensajes en contra del bullying. También se realizo dentro de la escuela actividades para llevar el mensaje encontra del bullying.
• Definitivamente, no puedes humillar, burlarte, ni pegar a nadie, esto trae consecuencias negativas en la vida de estas personas. En este proyecto participaron niños desde pre kínder hasta grado 11. Se aclararon dudas, pues los niños hacían preguntas incluso los maestros participaron.
• Tuve que ser mas expresiva y perder el miedo de hablar en publico. También tuve que buscar información sobre el tema, para asi poder contestar preguntas.
• El tema impacto a toda la mi escuela, aprendimos mucho, sobretodo que a veces cuando ignoramos a un compañero, hacemos bullying y no nos damos cuenta y eso esta mal.
• La escuela continuara con el proyecto , atravez de la supervisión, toma de acción disciplinarias y estableciendo políticas de conducta dentro de la escuela.
• Siendo considerada y justa, valiente y fuerte para reportar estos casos, siendo hermanas de cada una de las Girl Scouts y repetar a los demás!
• Comparto mi historia con ustedes, mi escuela , mis amigos, con mis hermanas girl scouts y en blogs de internet.

Jennifer - 16 September 2013 - 4.20AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award my partner and I did a project called Bat Boxes for Humanity. For the past three years we had to practice soccer at a local park that was infested with mosquitoes. It was so bad this past year that we had to relocate practice to a different field. This inspired us to take an interest in bats because one bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes an hour. My partner educated younger troops, soccer players, and community members on the importance of bats in the environment. It was my job to construct the bat boxes and teach others about them and how to construct them. I led a group of my Girl Scout peers in a bat box construction workshop where they learned how to make bat boxes and each assembled and caulked their own bat box. We met with younger troops and the Shade Tree Commission and installed bat boxes at a local park. We both have an interest in science and nature and don’t like bugs! The bat houses we installed on our old soccer field will encourage bats to move in and eat the bugs and hopefully make a difference. It can take as long as two years for a bat colony to get established, so we’re going to return to check on our project. Overall this project taught me many things; how to use power tools safely, speak in front of others and clearly explain directions, how important bats really are, and that making bat boxes is HARD work but rewarding. We created educational books on bats so other girls could follow our lead and continue this project.

Isabel, Kaitlyn, Kayla - 22 September 2013 - 7.44PM (GMT)

For our Silver Award, we donated supplies and made toys for our local animal shelter. To start, we placed a donation box in our local library. After a few weeks we counted and organized the supplies we had gathered. We also made dog treats and participated in a town pet adoption event where we educated the public on the animal shelter and on adoption. During the event, we handed out dog treats for our furry friends and they loved them. At the end of the event we took all of our supplies to the animal control officer of our town and he was very appreciative.
Throughout our project we learned about our local shelter and how beneficial adoption can be to a community. We had to break out of our comfort zones and talk to people we didn't know. This project has been a great experience for us!

Richelle B. - 23 September 2013 - 1.40AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award Project, my troop and I decided to teach other girls about being healthy. We started with our Journey Award: Media, and all made a video about healthy models and what was true beauty. We reached out to other troop leaders, and asked if we could show their troops our video and talk to them about healthy choices they could make in everyday life. After that, we decided to take it a step further and make our Silver Award all about what being healthy really was. We planned a field day and brought all healthy foods, and asked a YMCA representative to come out and tell the girls about being healthy and all the sports activities the Y had to offer. Once it was all said and done, in order to make our project sustainable we gave each troop a book of fun activities to do to stay active. I had a great time with this project and would plan another Field Day like this in a heart-beat!

Alexandria Socha - 25 September 2013 - 1.20AM (GMT)

For my silver award, I chose to help educate kids on healthy eating habits. In the city of Detroit, the stores don't carry very many fresh fruits and vegetables because they are expensive. The canned fruits and vegetables are less expensive so people tend to buy those over the fresh fruits and vegetables. Therefore, kids aren't eating healthy and are becoming over weight. So with that thought, I decided to plant fresh fruits and vegetables at their local school. Our First Lady,Michelle Obama, began a healthy eating campaign in the school lunch program. A grant paid for building raised plant boxes and provided the dirt and vegetable plants. Against the wall of the school was nothing but weeds and dying plants. So I figured it would be a good idea to pull the weeds out, move the plants that were alive around and plant a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables. I planted 2 apple tree, 1 pear tree, 2 blueberry bushes, 12 tomato plants, lemon thyme, lettuce, peppers, and lots of other vegetables and herbs. I doubled the size of the garden! When I was planting neighbors and children came out to help me!

Caetlyn H - 25 September 2013 - 2.58AM (GMT)

Hola I'm Caetlyn from South Carolina. I recently did my silver award with my troop, troop 498. For our silver award we did a field day to make girls want to be healthier. We started with making Power Points about being a healthy model and what true beauty looks like. After showing our best power point to many leaders and later talking to younger girls, we planned our field day. We got some troops to sign up, A YMCA worker to talk to the girls, and we planned a few games to play including live scrabble, tug of war and a paper air plane contest. After we played our games and awarded the winning teams for first place, second place and best costume, we gave out packets with various games the troops could play on their own time. I had fun with my troop members and the new girls I met at our field day.

Megan Dunn - 25 September 2013 - 4.12AM (GMT)

For my Sliver Award project my troop and i did "being healthy" for our subject. We all made our own Healthy Models videos and did our Media. We also talked to other GS troops about being healthy and did fun healthy things with the girls. Then we all decided that we should do a Being Healthy Field Day to finish our Sliver award. We did all sorts of different games with the girls at our Field Day like Tug-of-War and to top it off Five different Relay Races that all the girls could do. But sense it was a very hot day we had a lot of water there for the girls and Leaders/Parents.

Jasmine - 28 September 2013 - 12.26AM (GMT)

Hey! what I did for my silver award was rebuilding a library. My mom and I put in new shelves and painted them purple and orange. we also reorganize the books that they had and put in place a library system. this project took a lot of work! i just completed the project yesterday, September 26.

Bonnie - 28 September 2013 - 11.40PM (GMT)

For my silver project, I filled backpacks for needy children in Appalachia. I included things like toiletries, clothes, school supplies, and snack items. I worked with my church and the people in my community to collect everything, and my Girl Scout troop helped fill the bags. I left a presentation with my church to help encourage members to participate in the annual project.

Tess W. - 29 September 2013 - 11.40PM (GMT)

To receive a silver award for Girl Scouts, one must work to solve an issue in their local community. As my silver award, I worked to solve the problem of typical siblings of autistic kids. Being one of these “typical sibs” I really understood the problem. My little brother, Gray, has autism. I love Gray with all my heart, but he requires a lot of attention. As a result, my parents are always focused on him, and sometimes I feel left out. To solve this problem, my Take Action team and I created a website for siblings like me to communicate with others who have the same experiences. In addition, we volunteered at a local school that educates kids with mental disabilities, and participated in a walk for autism. This project has made a significant effect on me. I learned a lot about myself during my project: I really love to give back and volunteer involving kids with mental disabilities. Before this project, I thought that living with and autistic child was enough for me. However, it was almost immediately after I arrived at ECLC on my first session that I realized how much I love it. These kids just love to be around you, and their positivity is infectious. I also learned how to better communicate with my own brother at home; I had more experience. Additionally, I connected with my local community by volunteering at a local school that educates children ages 5 through 21 with mental disabilities. After school, my Take Action project members and I would walk to ECLC, and join in on an after school class at their school. We impacted the community because we got to make these local kids day better. The just loved when we were there to play with them. Eventhough I have completed my Take Action project, I think I am going to continue to volunteer at ECLC because I enjoyed it so much. Moreover, I learned a lot from others who are working for the same cause: patience. Things were not going to change overnight. When I went to the walk for Autism, it was pouring rain. As we drove to the location of the walk, I expected no more than one hundred people participating. To my surprise, there were way more than one thousand people walking. Many people quit when the results are not immediate, but this inspirational group of people were had admirable determination. This helped my project because it prevented me from getting discouraged, and to never quit. In addition, I gained many skills during this project. By creating a website, I learned how to maintain a website, and how to blog. I represented the Girl Scout law and promise because I was made friends with the students at ECLC. To conclude, my Take Action project has improved my global and local community, and it also improved me as a person.

Laura McCormick - 30 September 2013 - 12.26AM (GMT)

Hello, my name is Laura McCormick. Recently my troop and I completed our Silver Award project. Our project was based on helping and raising awareness for Autism. We created a website for the siblings of Autistic children (www.thetypicalsib.ning.com) In addition to building a website we walked in an Autism awareness walk and volunteered for a few hours week at a local school for disabled children. During this process I learned so much about others and myself. I developed many new skills that will follow me everywhere in life. This project has had such an impact on me, in so many positive ways.
During this enriching experienced of volunteering at ECLC, the local school, I discovered I enjoy working with, and helping, children with disabilities. I realized how little I know about disabilities and people who have them, so this experienced caused me to learn a lot about different diseases, especially autism. I obviously learned quite a lot from the children themselves, but I learned form others around them as well. The people around me were trying to solve the same problem, or had the same goal as I did; we all wanted to make the children’s lives better. By watching these other individuals I learned to work with less fortunate children, I learned patience, I learned how to respect others, and it made me realize how lucky I am. This clearly enabled me to improve my final objective as well, to finish my Silver Award. This experience enhanced the way I work with others, especially because I was able to appreciate the differences in everyone.
In addition to learning much about myself, I also developed many new skills. I am now able to work much better with children in general. As previously mentioned, I developed the skill of patience. Working with any children you need to be patient, but especially children with disabilities. It was very frustrating at times, while volunteering at ECLC, but I understood the challenges in the everyday lives of the children, which helped me to become more patient with them. Clearly it is a struggle to have any disability, including Autism. It wasn’t always fun working with these children, but it was definitely a valuable experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. Working with such children, not only takes patience, but a lot of commitment and dedication. I worked once a week for three hours with these children. I spent countless hours designing a website, and I raised awareness at a walk by participating and handing out flyers. These activities had in impact on me, in a way that affected my everyday life. I learned what true dedication is, whether it is to another person, or to a goal, it takes a lot of time, but in the end it is definitely worth it.
Our take Action project not only affected us, but our community, and the people in it as well. The walk we did for Autism changed our community, as did our commitment to volunteering at ECLC. The walk raised awareness and changed how people in our committee view Autism. It caused some of them to become more involved with Autistic children, and it caused others to do things as simple as donating money, but everything counts. We changed the lives of the people at ECLC, just as much as we changed the community. We inspired the children there, so much so that by the end of our time volunteering, we had become their role models. The children would do things, just as we did them, to be like us, because they looked up to us. They thought of us coming as a treat and cherished every moment, as did we. After visiting just a few times we noticed that they children would sing the same songs, dress the same way, and do the same things that we did. This made us better people, because we knew we had to set an example for the children we worked with at ECLC.
The Girl Scout Promise, and Law are both very important in the lives of all my group members. We each try to incorporate the messages conveyed in each into the way we live. This showed through especially during our Silver Award. We were “friendly and helpful” when we walked to raise awareness. We were nice to everyone we met. Many people came to us to ask questions, or to find out more ways they could help. We were helpful during this same walk because we handed out flyers and gave snacks to everyone that walked along with us. In addition to being kind we “helped people at all times”, another thing that the Girl Scout Law has suggested we do. We helped others, not only at the walk, but at ECLC too. We helped both the teachers and students when we met. We helped the teachers by watching the kids, and we helped the students do anything they needed us for, even if it was just talking to them. In order to go to this school it was very important that we were “courageous and strong, and responsible for what [we] say and do.” We were quite nervous going into a new school to see people we had never met before. This took a lot of courage to go to the school and be helpful. I was important we did things that were respectable, especially around the children, because as mentioned before, they really looked up to us.
In conclusion, my Take Action project has recently come to an end, and my feeling are both sweet and sour. I had such a wonderful time working with so many new people, and I truly will miss it, but it is important I realize how much this project has prepared me to move onto bigger and better things. This project revolved around helping children with Autism, and raising awareness as well. We created a website for the siblings of Autistic, and we walked to raise awareness, and volunteered for many hours at a local school for disabled children. During this process I learned so much about others and myself; I also developed so many new skills. This project has really prepared me to move forward in my life, and to go about my daily life with so many new things to think about, and so many new things I can do in my community, to help others. This project has had such an impact on me, so that now I can’t wait to start my Gold Award.

Natalie - 30 September 2013 - 4.06AM (GMT)

This year, I completed my Girl Scouts Silver Award. The goal of our silver was to introduce young kids to global warming and raise awareness for the problems and changes it is causing everywhere. To do this, my group and I did a couple of things: we created a banner to be hung on the walls of Washington Avenue Elementary School every Earth Day and we made a presentation and presented it to the third grade class of WAS. The banner was large and took a long time. We painted the Earth in a pair of hands and then sewed on the words, 'The Earth Is In Our Hands,' to remind the students and faculty at WAS that they can help control what happens to the Earth and they need to do their part to stop climate change. Our presentation covered many topics: what Global Warming does to the Earth, to animals, to plants, what we can do to stop it, and more. It was a big success with the kids and we really helped enforce the problems of Global Warming with our project.
During this project, I learned that I am a good leader and that I should not be scared of public speaking. There were a few moments during this project that I was needed to be in charge, and I did well. In addition, I was terrified to present at WAS, but the group on a whole was a success and so was I. My public speaking skills improved a lot during this project. Our project had a large impact on our community. We introduced kids to the prospect of Global Warming and every year on Earth Day WAS will place our banner on the wall to remind everyone that they can help. Even though we have finished our work there, that banner will continue every year to remind students and faculty at WAS all they can do to help the planet. During our presentation, we tried hard to add in many things that would interest eight year olds, such as asking them to participate and answer some questions we asked them. Also, we worked hard to be truthful and not exaggerate, and get all the facts for all the topics of global warming we covered. In addition, I learned a lot from working with the other girls in my group. They had tons of new ideas that I had not thought of, and all of us working together really improved and brought together our project.
Obviously, my group and I worked hard on this project. We spent a lot of time overall in making the banner and in creating the presentation. Although I was incredibly nervous at presenting, I gained valuable skills in leadership and public speaking. The presentation went incredibly well, and our banner was a hit. The faculty at Washington Avenue School were happy that we came to present to the third graders and the third graders loved our time there. We taught them many things about Global Warming, like what it does to animals, plants, and the Earth. We managed to involve the third graders by asking them questions and by having them tell us about what they had done in school that Earth day and how they thought you could help the Earth. We taught them many ways to help the Earth just by themselves and our banner will be up every Earth day to remind the students and faculty how they can help.

Allison E - 5 October 2013 - 6.53PM (GMT)

For our Silver Award we built Tree Swallow pole boxes and Wood Duck houses. They are being placed in the marsh at Seatuck Environmental Association in Islip. Volunteers from the association will maintain the boxes yearly. We had to follow specific plans to encourage nesting by the desired species of birds and discourage predators and invasive species. Our project mattered because we provided nesting sites for birds that eat ticks and mosquitos which are a large problem in our community. Many people get sick from Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, the diseases that the mosquitoes and ticks carry. We enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about the ecosystem in our area.

Emma, Sarah and Beth Hillman - 5 October 2013 - 7.12PM (GMT)

For our Girl Scout Silver Award we built tree swallow pole boxes and wood duck houses. They are being placed in the marsh at Seatuck Environmental Association in Islip. Volunteers from the association will maintain the boxes yearly. We had to follow specific plans to encourage nesting by the desired species of birds and discourage predators and invasive species. Our project matters because we provided nesting sites for birds that eat ticks and mosquitos which are a large problem for our community. Many people get sick from the diseases, such as Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus that the ticks and mosquitos carry. We enjoyed this project and learned a lot about our local community and ecosystem.

Debbie Bright - 7 October 2013 - 7.53AM (GMT)

Girl Scout Troop 9231 Works With Autistic Children and Horses
To Earn Their Silver Award

Horses Helping Humans HHH

La Crescenta, California- Girl Scout Troop 9231 is pleased to announce the
completion of their two year long Silver Award Project. On June 6th, 2013 Girl Scout
Troop 9231 held the first event for “Horses Helping Humans”. The 14-year-old freshman
girls hosted a special event for autistic children to experience an afternoon with horses.

The troop of eight girl scouts spent their time refining their concept, which was focused on working with younger autistic children(4-10 years) and horses.
The Girl Scouts of Troop 9231 had to plan the event from start to finish. They
created flyers, and advertised through social media such as facebook and Instagram.

They needed to find a ranch that would be willing to work with them through the whole
process. They were thrilled to find and fall in love with Millie Chalk, who supervised the entire event from start to finish along with Mellissa Watkins whose family owns and operates the beautiful Cherokee Ranch in Shadow Hills California.

The girls had a training day, where they went to the ranch, got familiar with the
horses and learned their way around. Some of the Girl Scouts are horse lovers and riders who have competed in English Competitions. The girls did their homework and found Glendale Adventist Play To Learn Pediatric Therapy Center in Eagle Rock California. Dr. Traci Jones Martinez gave the girls an extensive tour of the facility, which opened their eyes to how much love and personal attention these children need. The girls were able to see children being worked with by special pediatric therapists. All of the children who participated in this special day are clients of Glendale Adventist Play To Learn Center.

The day started out early when the girls arrived at Cherokee Ranch to set up their
stations. The girls had stations to feed the horses, a place to groom the horses, a place to shoe the horses, a place to ride the horses and a place just to relax and watch the horses.The girls prepared lunches for all of their guests, set up a beautiful table with decorations and placed their handmade signs around the ranch to create a western ambiance. The girls gave the children and themselves “ranch” names which made it even more fun.

The Girl Scouts guided and gently supervised the children as they brushed, rode and fed carrots to the horses. Each child experienced the horse’s close-up, touching,
looking, riding and smelling the animals. They children participated around the ranch
and just had a great time. This gave the children’s parents a much-needed opportunity to just sit back and relax a little while their children had the time of their life. There was a very special bond that was formed between the girl scouts and the children.

Debbie Bright and Susan Garrahan, the girl’s leaders since they were in 1st grade,
are so proud of the time and commitment this group of young ladies put into making this
the success it was.

The Girl Scouts:

Destiny, Sarah, Sammie, Amanda, Malley, Sydney, Brianna and Catrina are looking forward to hosting another HHH Horses Helping Humans event in the near

If you know of someone with an autistic child that might be interested in
participating in the girl scouts next event, please call Mrs. Debbie Bright at 818-726-2824

Alana Primes - 13 October 2013 - 8.18PM (GMT)

I have been a Girl Scout for 12 years now and I have recently been working on my Girl Scout Gold Award Project. I am now close to completion of my project. For my project I have been working with the City Of Encinitas to get a pedestrian pathway built along Rancho Santa Fe Road. Throughout this project I have made a petition both online and a hard copy of one. It has been a lot of long meetings and lots of hard work, but there is nothing more rewarding than feeling like you made a difference in your community. I hope that other girls who want to start a Gold Award Project consider taking on bigger projects because no matter how hard they get at times, the result is more than rewarding. I have learned so much from my project about how to interact with a variety of people in a business manner and that there are multiple ways to solve a problem. It is important to never give up even if one of your plans does not work, there is always another way to get it done.

Olivia - 16 October 2013 - 8.33PM (GMT)

Hi, I'm Olivia, and I just recently finished my Silver Award project. For this project, I partnered with my friend Annabel. At first, we knew we wanted to accomplish the Silver Award, but didn't really know how to help in our community. Luckily, the answer was found super close to us.
My grandmother saves lids from peanut butter jars etc., washes them, and keeps them for the family grandchildren to play with. Kids can learn to stack, roll, teethe, and sort with the lids. They can learn color and size words by someone teaching them (ex. "What color is this lid or "Can you sort them into blue and red lids?").
Annabel and I liked the lid idea, and then thought of how we could spread it further. Our troop had worked with HomeFront, an organization that provides relief for homeless families in our area, many times before, and we thought it would be great to donate some lids to HomeFront. That way, mothers there who may not be able to afford toys for their children could help them learn and develop important life skills for almost no cost.
We spent months collecting lids, contacting several businesses (like local clubs, gyms, and churches), and asking if we could put a donation box at each location. My church was especially helpful (your church might be a good place to ask for donations, hint hint! :)) After a while, we had collected enough lids to supply the 40 families at HomeFront's Family Preservation Center.
To hold the lids, we used old t-shirts, and cut and sewed each into a pair of soft, machine-washable bags. Then, we placed 10 lids of various colors and sized into the bags. In addition, we made a laminated info card, which detailed the lids' uses and cleaning information; a pamphlet with instructions on how to make more homemade toys; and a survey card that each family could fill out to give us their opinions and thoughts on the toy.
Next, we set up a workshop, in which Annabel and I went to the Family Preservation Center, and taught the families about the toy and how to use it. It was a hit, and all the kids loved it. One little girl told me she'd play with it every day!
Finally, we held a workshop for younger troops in our area. We explained our entire project to them, and how to continue, if they wished. We also are planning on donating back to the FPC twice a year to keep our project going. In fact, when we had our HomeFront workshop, we left several bags with our mentor, who promised to give one to every new family who could benefit from them.
Overall, it was a truly amazing journey, and I'm glad I did the Silver Award project. It felt great to help needy families, and provide children with a basic education that they'll need for life. Thank you to all who helped me in any way on this project, and I look forward to watching it grow and blossom.

makayla - 29 November 2013 - 6.58PM (GMT)

Hi my name is Makayla and I did my silver award. What I did for my silver award is hosted a camp for brownies, juniors, cadettes, and girls who are not in girl scouts and I had them earn 3 badges. The 3 badges are first aid, simple meals/ snacks, and Girl Scout ways.
For the first aid badge we had a pediatrician, fire men, a police officer, and paramedics. We asked them questions on what they do to help people and what to do if someone is hurt or sick. The fire men brought a fire truck and we got to shoot water out of the hose. The police officer brought his police car and we got to go inside it. The paramedics brought there ambulance and we got to go inside it and look around. They also all got their own first aid kit. The extra first aid kits we donated to Mary’s place (homeless shelter).It was a learning experience for them and myself.
My project impacted girls at my event by showing the different kinds of things first aid responders do. By showing the girls what they do it got some girls interested in being a 1st aid responders

nileesha jayaweera - 15 December 2013 - 5.40AM (GMT)

I'm proud to be girl guide!

Caitlin Fanning - 15 December 2013 - 11.18PM (GMT)

I recently became a Senior Girl Scout, and what usually comes along with becoming a Senior or Cadette is the Gold Award Project! I've heard about it for years now, until I finally had the opportunity to attempt a project of my own. For my Gold Award, I wanted to reach out to members of the visually impaired community and see what their needs were. I was fortunate enough to pair up with the Community Association of the Blind, or CAB, and their programs director to discover what they needed. It came to my attention that many blind and visually impaired are unable to find careers in the community because of their varying sight disabilities. Many were overwhelmed and didn't know where to start or what resources were available to them. About 70% of individuals who are blind or visually impaired are unemployed. I was determined to help them focus on this area through my project. It was my ultimate goal to raise awareness among the larger community and to create a network of resources that could continue to focus on this need. All of the people I met were extremely understanding and able to function just as well as I was. Sometimes, even better!
I thought that they deserved the chance at securing a job of their own. CAB's director was very helpful in assisting me with every query I had, as well as the various encouragements he provided. My Gold Award was a success thanks to all the members of the organization and other community organizations who participated. I hosted two career training workshops with the help of Human Solutions on interviewing and resume writing skills.
For the final part of my project I had a career resource day for any members and employers who wanted to come. I was able to allow sighted employers an insight on how the application process appeared to visually impaired people, and visa versa. It was also an opportunity for organizations and members to network amongst themselves for future opportunities as well. It was an enjoyable experience, and I hope everyone benefitted from it as well!

Darby Mohon - 5 January 2014 - 10.10PM (GMT)

I'm Darby, and I just completed my Silver Award Take Ction project. For my project, I worked with Tennessee's Department of Child Services to collect items for the kids in their program. After 5 months of planning, I spent the whole month of December knee-deep in the project. I am ery happy to report that I got to help over 50 foster families! I was so incredibly blessed to have been able to help so many through my Silver Award project. I had an awesome team behind me, eventhough I am an independent Cadette Girl Scout. The representative from DCS, representatives from churches, and my school were all so helpful in helpin me to share my gifts with others. Good luck to other completing their Awrds as well!

Michaela - 21 January 2014 - 3.06AM (GMT)

My name is Michaela and I am a Cadette Girl Scout. I just completed my Silver Award project. For my award, I helped the elderly at four different care facilities feel loved. I completed many tasks with my troop and several other tasks on my own. Our troop had a bake sale and purchased an exercise bike, a radio and CD's for an assisted living home. We baked cookies and played games with the residents. We planned and organized a Tea Party for the residents and enjoyed some special time together. We went Christmas caroling as a group to three different care homes. We helped to plan a county wide girl scout evening to make Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations for all of the nursing homes in our town.
My Grandpa is also in a nursing home and I personally made Thanksgiving Turkey decorations and January door decorations for all the residents in his nursing home. This really made the elderly people happy. They knew that I was doing something special - just for them.
I learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing this project. I have learned to respect and be more patient with the elderly.

Lauren - 2 February 2014 - 3.30AM (GMT)

Hi! I am just finishing up my Gold Award Project. This project has been Amazing for my community and me! I started the bulk of my Gold Award the week I finished up Cross Country Semi-state. I asked three people to be my advisors. They all excitedly agreed after hearing what I was going to do. I was planning to get a new playground for my community park. The old playground was rusty, dangerous, still had the pebble ground, and the height of the slides were not legally safe. I stood in front of the congregation at church and gave a speech telling everyone my plans for their park. Everyone was excited and a bit shocked. The spark in their eyes seemed to ignite so passionately and smiles were a mile wide. My advisors and I put our heads together and we planned out a fundraiser to help bring in donations to pay for the equipment, mulch, railroad ties, etc. People came through to our fundraiser, which was a barbeque, and they also gave me donations through the mail, by hand, and even through my church. Time was flying by with such a big project, school, clubs, finishing a sport, and helping at home. There were many meetings on what to do, what equipment to get, what other objects we need for the park, and how much it will cost. Finally we had enough money! Everything was ordered and coming. A few weeks later it was actually up in the park. The sight of it there made me so happy! This project brought the community to life. Now all the little kids in my community can have a nice shaded and safe area to play all summer long!
Now you can see, even with all the crazy things in life keeping a person super busy there is still time to make a difference in your community. Life is too short and if "we" the young adults don't stand up to make a difference and lead the children, then who else will? We are the future leaders of this planet and we deserve a good one!

Thank you for your time,

Lauren - 3 February 2014 - 10.28PM (GMT)

Hi! I am just finishing up my Gold Award Project. This project has been Amazing for my community and me! I started the bulk of my Gold Award the week I finished up Cross Country Semi-state. I asked three people to be my advisors. They all excitedly agreed after hearing what I was going to do. I was planning to get a new playground for my community park. The old playground was rusty, dangerous, still had the pebble ground, and the height of the slides were not legally safe. I stood in front of the congregation at church and gave a speech telling everyone my plans for their park. Everyone was excited and a bit shocked. The spark in their eyes seemed to ignite so passionately and smiles were a mile wide. My advisors and I put our heads together and we planned out a fundraiser to help bring in donations to pay for the equipment, mulch, railroad ties, etc. People came through to our fundraiser, which was a barbeque, and they also gave me donations through the mail, by hand, and even through my church. Time was flying by with such a big project, school, clubs, finishing a sport, and helping at home. There were many meetings on what to do, what equipment to get, what other objects we need for the park, and how much it will cost. Finally we had enough money! Everything was ordered and coming. A few weeks later it was actually up in the park. The sight of it there made me so happy! This project brought the community to life. Now all the little kids in my community can have a nice shaded and safe area to play all summer long!
Now you can see, even with all the crazy things in life keeping a person super busy there is still time to make a difference in your community. Life is too short and if "we" the young adults don't stand up to make a difference and lead the children, then who else will? We are the future leaders of this planet and we deserve a good one!

Elizabeth Budinoff - 15 February 2014 - 12.52AM (GMT)

For my Girl Scout Gold Award I created a program entitled "Elizabeth's Cyber Cafe" that promoted computer education for the elderly. I worked with a local retirement community as well as members of my community and taught computer and internet usage lessons in order to bridge the technology gap between generations. I created DVDS and booklets with lesson plans in them for future use. I greatly enjoyed this project and encourage you to pursue your gold award!

Madison - 4 March 2014 - 3.16PM (GMT)

For my silver award I chose to do a leadership position at my karate dojo. There I can help others and live by the girl scout law. I have also discovered I have great patience to help younger and sometimes even special needs like ADHD. I'm helping kids persevere through the hard times and guiding them through the easy. That shows others that just because i'm the smallest and only girl doesn't mean I can't make a difference. Thanks for reading.

chisomaga - 5 March 2014 - 7.35PM (GMT)

Love this website. So cool. I have been in girls guide for one year now and i am now enjoying it

Jenni - 19 March 2014 - 5.10PM (GMT)

For my Gold Award, I made a sensory trail at a therapeutic riding center for special needs children. I made a set of 2-sided dressage boards with letters, colors & animal images. I also made a box with 4 scent containers that the therapists can use with the kids to stimulate their sense of smell. I also volunteered as a horse handler for a year where I got to see the impact my project made on the kids.

Christina Edwards - 24 March 2014 - 4.19PM (GMT)

For my Silver Award I chose to do a clothing closet. I collected children’s clothes for my Church’s Clothing Closet because children’s clothes are what they needed most. I think that it influenced me to help other people because I was exposed to a lot of people helping out too. That inspired me to want to help more people and clothing places. I accomplished my goal and got enough children’s clothes to give to my Churches Clothing Closet to last a while. I connected with a local and global community by doing some volunteer work at the Bargain Shop. Working at the Bargain Shop helped my project a lot because I got to see how to work a business, and not just helping out at a clothing closet. I enjoyed that a lot because I got to interact with the customers and the other volunteers. I also liked to help the costumers to find what they were looking for. Being a volunteer there and at the Clothing Closet I gained skills like, teambuilding because I worked with a team of people and worked out problems together. Time management, because I had to keep track of the hours I had every time I worked on my project. Organizational skills, because I did a lot of organizing clothes at the Bargain Shop and at the Clothing Closet. They both had different ways to organize, and people skills. Not everybody at the Clothing Closet was easy to work with. I was my first time there and everyone had a different way of doing things. I know doing my project helped my Church because I got more people involved to give clothes. So now hopefully they will start donating more clothes there. I really enjoyed my self and i am so glad I chose to do this project.

Bethany & Savannah - 26 March 2014 - 12.11AM (GMT)

In our silver project , we collected blankets. We went to our troop and asked for blankets. We also asked our principal to put boxes in the school. We collected about 10 blankets from the school. We collected blankets from our a troop and got around 24. We went door to door in a local neighborhood asking for blankets. We gave them a flyer a week before. No results. We are going to give half the blankets to our local homeless shelter and the other half to o our local child clothing collection agency. We have learned a lot about contacting people and collecting items for those in need.

Georgia Elgohary and Laynie Cafcalas - 27 March 2014 - 1.00AM (GMT)

For our Silver Award project, we made 125 care packets for patients at TIRR. TIRR is a rehabilitation center for people who suffer from neurological issues. Our grandfather was a patient there and we wanted to give something back because he received excellent care. By him being a patient there, we got inspiration to do this because we know what other families are going through and we wanted to reach out to the patients. We raised the money by selling fall product and cookies for three years. In the care packets, we put emery boards, small shampoos, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand sanitizer, baby powder, brushes and combs, nail clippers, packs of tissues, lotions and bars of soap. We also added encouraging messages. Then, we delivered them to the patients. After that, we made guidelines for future volunteers. The patients really enjoyed meeting with us and really appreciated the care packets. But the inspirational quotes really gave them hope and meant the most to them. It made us feel good to help these people in need.

Victoria, Marlise, Emily - 3 April 2014 - 11.21PM (GMT)

For our Girl Scout Silver Award we collected books for the Haven Safe House for abused women and children. In 2013 there were 202 children at the shelter. We choose to collect books for them so they could something of their own. We were given donations by our school, churches, and community. We had a can drive and put the money towards new books. We donated a total of 388 books.

Troop 3676 - 3 May 2014 - 2.14AM (GMT)

For our Silver Award we planned and ran a workshop to educate younger girls about how they can help the endangered Eastern Pacific sea turtles. We contacted Ocean Connectors and had a presenter talk about the turtles and how the girls can help the turtles. We did three crafts that reinforced the info from the presentation.

Marlena - 5 May 2014 - 1.37AM (GMT)

My Silver Award is a coed field hockey clinic for new or interested players in my community. Anybody up to eighth grade was welcome to join for a new experience. My teammates at my high school are helping put on the event so even more people can participate. I also got USA Field Hockey to donate field hockey sticks to the program so people could still participate even if they did not have a stick. My high school even made time for my team and I to use the brand new turf field to put on the event. Helping out the girls and boys was a great experience!

Erin M. - 17 May 2014 - 11.43PM (GMT)

For my silver project, I made Busy Books for Children's Medical Center. I created 2 bilingual templates including puzzles, coloring, and more. I attached packages of three crayons to the books using rubber bands so the crayons could easily be kept together. This will really help keep children entertained during long delays in the waiting room.

Meherangaiz irum - 20 May 2014 - 4.37PM (GMT)

I love u and your thinking

Noor - 27 May 2014 - 9.42AM (GMT)

Guiding is fun.

Kelsie, Lexi, Alyssa - 28 May 2014 - 9.36PM (GMT)

For our silver award project we made pet adoption kits for dogs and cats. The kits included a blanket, treats, and a recipe for the treats. These kits help new pets feel more comfortable in their new homes and guide the owners in the right direction caring for their pets. We bought the fabric for the blankets from Jo-Ann Fabrics and the ingredients for the treats from multiple pet and grocery stores. We passed out the kits at PetValu, Fins & Feathers, and Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society took the extra ones to pass out as pets get adopted. This project was perfect for us because we love animals and want to give them the best.

Katie W. - 31 May 2014 - 3.21AM (GMT)

For my silver award project, I raised awareness for responsible pet ownership by giving presentations at my school and my local Boy Scout troop. I also made pamphlets that I distributed to local pet stores and vets. I love Girl Scouts and can't wait to earn my gold. :)

Inaara - 1 June 2014 - 5.50AM (GMT)

Guides is a really great organization and the website is even better!All the fun activities are great!

Ellie - 1 June 2014 - 6.11PM (GMT)

For my silver project, I made busy books for Children's Medical Center with my partner Erin. A busy book is an activity book, by the way. Each of us made two different templates and assembled 200 hard copies to give to the hospital directly. We also both sent the templates to our contact at Children's. I really enjoyed this project because I could do it somewhat independently, but still get the input from my Girl Scout troop and troop leader.

Dua - 8 June 2014 - 9.53AM (GMT)

Being a girl guide is like being someone special, to get such a big opportunity to help others through fun activities.

Caroline - 18 June 2014 - 3.52PM (GMT)

Hi! I'm Caroline, and I just finished up my Silver Award Project. I did my project on Responsible Pet Ownership, and I made pamphlets and slide shows. I presented the PowerPoint at school and stocked my brochures at Petland and 3 vets.

Sanika - 28 June 2014 - 1.16AM (GMT)

For my silver award, I decided to help in Children's Education. I organized a team to help me write and illustrate books for pre-schoolers and I hand-delivered them to a teacher who worked there. I then went to the school and read my books to the children as well on worked on projects with them. I had a great time!

Nisa - 1 July 2014 - 11.17PM (GMT)

Hi. My name is Nisa, I am thirteen years old, and I have just completed my Girl Scout Take Action Silver Award Project. For my project I created a guidebook to put in cottages at an orphanage, The Nest, in Kenya where prospective parents will stay while waiting for the paperwork to come through on their adoption. In this process, I discovered that I can work well under pressure and I have reasonably good leadership skills. I was able to connect with my global community through similar work that others have done. I looked through many guidebooks to different places and that helped me strive to achieve what others have. I was able to work with many amazing people on this project that I couldn't possibly name them all. I met and talked with magazine staff, web designers, and newspaper writers, and they all helped me create an idea of what I wanted to do. I gained public speaking skills and advocacy skills which will help me in future jobs and projects. Irene Baumgartner, the Nest's amazing founder, will update the book when it is needed, and whoever stays at the cottage can add suggestions in the back. I feel that by creating the guidebook I have been helpful and made the world a little bit of a better place. Throughout this project I feel that I have used the virtues of friendliness, compassion, respect, consideration, responsibility, and have used resources wisely.
Thank you Girl Scouts for giving me this opportunity to give back to my society.

Krista and CJ - 2 July 2014 - 4.37PM (GMT)

For our Silver project we went to a State park and marked all of the trails. So people don't get lost. All together we put in over 20 trail markers, and trail diamonds on all of the trail heads. We also bought a sign for the relocation of a trail head.

Caroline B. - 8 August 2014 - 8.38PM (GMT)

Hello. My name is Caroline and I am thirteen years old. For my Girl Scout Take Action Silver Award Project, I designed something called a Lifebook to help kids remember their past for the future. But these weren't just ordinary kids. These children live at a safe haven for abused, abandoned and neglected children called Kidz Harbor. This is a location where CPS, or Child Protective Services, can place children in need of a secure living environment. These kids range from birth to 18. They have temporary or long-term stay.

For my project, I went to Kidz Harbor three times, for the intention of scrapbooking with the kids. They also were creative in using resources like stickers, corners, colorful paper and writing utensils. The Lifebook contains pages with life questions for the them to fill in. The kids responded to the project very well, and had a great time. They seemed to take it very seriously and wound up with a wonderful result of their creativity and work.

In going to the Harbor multiple times and learning about its culture, origin and intention, I learned that I have many skills that nothing else but Girl Scouts could have taught me. These are qualities such as leadership, compassion, responsibility, preparation, and so many more.

Overall, I personally think my project was a major success. The kids at Kidz Harbor now hold a memory of their lives not only in their hands but also in their hearts. I want to thank Girl Scouts for giving me this amazing opportunity to reach out to my community. I enjoyed having the chance to grow closer to the children and leaders at Kidz Harbor.

Natalie Gutierrez - 17 August 2014 - 8.15AM (GMT)

For my Girl Scout Silver Project, I worked with team members Madison and Emily on a project for special needs children at a multi-sensory room called Special Haven. We wanted to make the kids feel more at home and a part of this special place, so we decided to hold a special Handprint Painting Day to decorate the center with the kids' handprints. This gave the special needs children a chance to socialize with others and take pride in a task (decorating the center). It was a unique opportunity for the kids, many of whom have trouble socializing. 367Now when they return they will feel more at home when they look at the wall with their own handprints. The center will continue the project offering similar days and individual opportunities to paint handprints on the walls.

Megan T. - 18 August 2014 - 12.09AM (GMT)

For my Silver Award Project, I wanted to promote reading to younger kids. I contacted the local Boys and Girls Club, asked them if I could do story time and craft session with the kids ages 5 to 8 for a period of time (during the summer) and they said yes. I selected books, found crafts related to the books that we could do, and then spent the summer going twice a week to complete the project. I did research on the Internet about the importance of reading aloud to children and found that it helps in brain development, language development, and increases a love for reading. I felt the whole thing went amazing, and it was very enjoyable to see the kid's happy faces. Anyone can do this! Have fun doing this.

Caitlin W. - 18 August 2014 - 8.01PM (GMT)

Hello! I wanted to share my Silver Award Take Action project experience with you. For my project, I wanted to do something that would benefit young girls in my community, so I decided to organize a girls' group at my local library to provide a safe place for girls to share their thoughts and have fun while being educated on important issues. My program, "Girl Power," focused on various themes which included: self-esteem, respect, love your planet, anti-bullying, problem solving, cooperation, friendship, and confidence. I created lesson plans and activities based on each theme, and the girls and I participated in many ice breaker, hands-on, and team building activities. My favorite session was Anti-bullying, where we signed a contract to "stand up and speak out against bullying." My goal was to positively influence girls by demonstrating and encouraging necessary life skills, so that they may go on to use them in the future for the improvement of our society. I do feel that I have achieved my goal because the girls wrote comments for my "comment can," stating that "Girl Power" had a positive influence on them and that they learned many new things. My hope is that these girls will go on to teach someone else the skills they learned during my program such as recycling and origami. I am really glad that I decided to hold this girls' group, as it makes me feel so good when I see young girls eager to be the best they can be.

Erin Anderson - 21 August 2014 - 3.57PM (GMT)

For my silver award I put up a Tether ball court at our neighborhood’s pool complex. I had to learn how to publicly speak and how to communicate my ideas to other people. Doing my project made me be a better communicator and I learned how to work with adults. My project also helped create another activity for kids to do when they are at the pool. We all played tether ball after my partner and I were done constructing it. Then after everything was done, we had an ice cream party with the neighborhood to celebrate.

Katelyn Johnson - 21 August 2014 - 9.19PM (GMT)

For my Silver Award Project, I held a carwash at SEARS and raised money to buy trees and decided to donate them to a farm named ‘’Mr. Joe’s Farm’’, which is full of animals intended for special needs children. Moon Valley Nursery also kindly donated extra trees including the mulch needed to plant them. I planned a weekend for my girl scouts, relatives, and I to plant the trees in different spots throughout the farm. Home Depot kindly donated fencing for the trees so the animals wouldn’t eat the bark off. I did this for my award to improve the environment and to help the animals on the farm for their health. Stacy and Mr. Joe were very pleased with our work and so are we. Some people mentioned that they were inspired by what we did, same for the younger girls in my troop, and I hope others will improve the environment as well as helping animals.

Natalie Gutierrez - 24 August 2014 - 7.24AM (GMT)

We wanted to do something to help children for our Take Action Silver Award project, so we turned to Special Haven in Antioch where we arranged for a handprint painting event. This event gave special needs children the chance to help decorate the center where they visit the area's only multi-sensory room. It gave them a chance to interact with others, help decorate and tai pride in a place they offers a safe haven to them. We learned to work with special needs children and helped them to meet others and take pride in their work. The center will continue to hold such events as it was a big hit with those who attended.

Vanessa Smith - 5 September 2014 - 8.46PM (GMT)

For my Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project I decided to create a fitness area with an emphasis on healthy eating habits in the independent living home operated by Mountain Circle Foster Family Services as part of their Transitional Housing Program.
I chose this project because I am very concerned about the problems that teenage foster children face when they age out of the system. Many of these teenagers haven’t had good role models who stressed the importance of exercise and healthy food choices. They also do their own shopping and cooking on a limited budget. To graduate from high school a student must have two years of P.E. but some residents go to charter schools, which do not provide the instruction or equipment. Being fit and healthy will also help with school attendance and performance.
For my project I created an indoor fitness area, including a wall mounted TV/DVD player and exercise videos, along with equipment for some outdoor activities, such as horseshoes, hula hoop, and a new basketball. I also provided magazine subscriptions to several magazines such as Fitness and Natural Health.
My advisor graciously volunteered to be my project advisor and helped me seek donations from the Soroptimist International of Susanville and local businesses.
Doing this project was a good experience for me.

Tanya Smith - 5 September 2014 - 9.35PM (GMT)

The Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action project I chose was to provide a library for the Mountain Circle Family Services, Inc. transitional housing facility here in Susanville. The foster and probation youths that reside in the home do not normally come from homes that encourage the love of reading or put an emphasis on education. They also do not have the money to spend on project materials required for school. This type of youth has a high drop-out rate. I wished to help these youths by inspiring them to read because they want to, not have to. I felt it would help them to get better grades, expand their horizons, and possibly a brighter outlook on the future.
The current condition of the area where I made my library was uninviting and uninspiring. My plan was to provide a comfortable chair, reading lamp, and a book shelf with an assortment of fiction, non-fiction, and reference books.
I also provided a desk with a chair and storage for materials. I provided basic office supplies and all the materials necessary for student residents to construct their school projects, such as book reports, history and science posters, English presentations, and Geometry projects. Included was a variety of wrapping and tissue paper, bows, and greeting cards.
I was very happy with the way my project turned out.

Jessica N. - 6 September 2014 - 4.03AM (GMT)

For our silver award, my group and I organized a book and toy drive around our neighborhood. We then donated the toys and books we collected from the book drive to Family Supportive Housing, the only south bay area shelter committed to the entire family! We had a lot of fun doing this project and learned loads from it!

Vanessa Madeline and Casey - 28 September 2014 - 11.49PM (GMT)

We want to share our Silver Award Project. The first part of our project was Frequetly Asked Questions for students entering the 7th grade. These questions and answers were passed out to new 7th grades when they entered middle school. We also provided Survial Kits to the new incoming 7th grade to make them feel comfortable in their new school. The survival kit included: a pencil, an eraser,tips for entering 7th grade, a welcome note, bandaid, candy, and a mint. We assembled 200 kits for Locker Day. Through research of this project we found out that alot of students felt the same way we did when entering a Middle School - Nervous. We received alot of great comments from students and parents. Parents were also trying to resolve the same issue nervousness with their kids. We think we helped alot of students as they entered their new schools.

Logan M. - 7 October 2014 - 1.06AM (GMT)

Hello !

It is my dream to be a teacher, so for my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I decided to work with something education-related.

In the two classes I completed in my county's comprehensive summer school, I noticed that there were students who were really struggling, and may have been taking the class for a second time. My idea was to implement peer tutoring in summer school to relieve some of the pressure on teachers and help all of the students succeed.

It was a lot more difficult to accomplish, and I had to modify my plan several times. I ended up volunteering in the English Intervention room, where students who really needed help with english work (some weren't good in the class, one had difficulties because english wasn't his first language, and one had a learning disability). I helped many different kinds of students with their assignments.

The project was very successful; I've been invited back to help out next year, and the vice principal expressed interest in expanding the tutoring to include math help.

I'm very excited about how my project turned out !

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